The Bat Poem by Theodore Roethke

The Bat

Rating: 3.3

By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
He likes the attic of an aging house.

His fingers make a hat about his head.
His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.

He loops in crazy figures half the night
Among the trees that face the corner light.

But when he brushes up against a screen,
We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:

For something is amiss or out of place
When mice with wings can wear a human face.

The Bat
Edward Kofi Louis 24 May 2017

For something is amiss! Thanks for sharing.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 24 May 2017

When mice with wings.... thanks for posting....

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M Sagnik Das 24 May 2017

this is so good. peace..

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Anil Kumar Panda 24 May 2017

A very nice poem. Quite enjoyable.

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Stella Crews 21 June 2019

Roethke was one of my first intros to poetry. Much of his work is well constructed and inspiring for a young writer. Now an old writer, he is simply vintage to revisit and remember - slc

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kenshee 12 September 2018

who is the speaker of the poem?

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Fancy fantasia 16 February 2018

I like it....

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real john cena 07 December 2017

This makes me pumped up before my matchs and icome to my smackdowns! ! ! !

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Susan Williams 24 May 2017

Roethke is a master of both humor and the poetic skills to present such enjoyable pieces of work!

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Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke

Michigan / United States
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